Kenya Struck a Deal With Juba To Deport Kidnapped Rights Activists, Officials
Jan 24, 2016(Nyamilepedia) —— Latest reports from Kenyans’ capital of Nairobi revealed that two exiled South Sudanese officials and human rights activists, Justice Dong Luak Kok and Hon. Aggrey Idri, who went missing yesterday, were arrested by Kenyan authority in CID detention centre in undisclosed location where they currently face illegal deportation.
According to Leslie Lefkow, the deputy Africa director at Human Rights Watch, if illegally deported to their enemy in Juba, the two South Sudanese Human Rights activists will be seriously mistreated and persecuted.
“Dong Samuel Luak has been a vocal advocate for human rights in South Sudan for many years, and could face serious mistreatment if returned to South Sudan,” said Leslie Lefkow, deputy Africa director at Human Rights Watch.
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Both were not allowed to speak to their family or access to justice system in Kenya after they were illegally kidnapped on January 23rd and 24th.
“Kenyan authorities should respect his rights, allow him access to legal counsel and United Nations refugee officials, and immediately halt any deportation proceedings against him.” Leslie continued.
The two exiled officials, who registered as refugees in Kenya, went missing within the last 36 hours.
While Counsel Dong, a lawyer who studied at Mount Kenya University, was kidnapped after his classes on Monday evening, Hon. Aggrey Idri, a senior official of SPLM-IO was kidnapped on his way to gym on Tuesday morning.
Dong and Idri did not return home at their expected times which worried their families that something might have happened to each of them.
All attempt to call their cellphones failed; however, a call to Amnesty International confirmed that the two men were kidnapped and arrested by Kenyan authority. No reasons were specified for their arrests.
Speaking to employees of Amnesty International, whose names are withheld due to fear of reprisal, Amnesty International tried to negotiate with the CID authority to get Dong and Idri released yesterday but the authority insisted that they must be deported the following morning, Jan 25th, 2016.
Asking the rights activist whether the families and supporters could prepare some ransoms to get them released, she said Amnesty discourages the use of ransoms as it would set a bad precedents to Kenyan authorities.
“Ransoms may get them released temporarily but that would jeopardize safety of all exiled politicians and their families. Kenyan police will thereafter goes on rampage arresting any opposition official or supporters with intention to get ransoms, so we advise against it” the employee said.
The none-uniformed polices, who kidnapped the outspoken officials, are believed to be working directly with some Kenyan members of parliament(MPs) and South Sudanese embassy in Kenya.
Following an arrest like this, which is believed to illegal in Kenya, “the CID officials” contact South Sudan embassy in Kenya and say “we have delivered”.
After a few exchanges, the Kenyan authorities are given a green light from Juba to deport the officials and in return a cheque would be delivered though South Sudan embassy in Kenya.
According to the insiders, who spoke to our media, South Sudan paid USD 10 millions to Kenya MPs, who visited Juba one day after James Gatdet was deported three months ago.
Whether this was a direct fee for Gatdet’s deportation or a token to ban all rebel activities in Kenya was not clear but the Kenyan officials promised to ban “rebel activities” in Kenya. They also promised to deport Dr. Riek Machar, the former Vice PresidEnt, who leads SPLM/SPLA-IO if he comes to Kenya.
This move was sharply criticized by other Kenyan officials who argue that it would jeopardize safety of Kenyans in rebels held areas in many parts of South Sudan that are currently controlled by SPLM/A-IO.
At least 72 kenyans and a Kenya Charter were detained within 24 hours in Greater Upper Nile region of South Sudan but they were later released at an order from Dr. Riek Machar Teny.
Deporting the two officials will send a red flag to South Sudan’s armed oppositions leaders and supporters in Kenya and also in South Sudan.
While many South Sudan critics, opposition officials and university students may flee Kenya, Kenyans in South Sudan’s main two regions of Greater Upper Nile and Greater Equatoria may have very little options to continue working in South Sudan.
Attempts to convince the Uhuru government to end these illegal activities have repeatedly failed!